With a lavish interior and oceans of cabin space, few cars do four-seat open-top luxury on a grander scale than the Maserati Grancabrio.
The boot is minuscule and there’s a fair bit of shake over rough ground. You’re always aware you are driving a big car.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Although it needs to be revved hard to deliver its best, the 4.7-litre V8 engine (linked to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic gearbox) produces tremendous acceleration and near-instant overtaking response in kickdown. The Sport version has an even more powerful version, making it blisteringly fast. On the negative side, though, the brakes could definitely do with an upgrade, as the Grancabrio feels every kilo of its weight when you ask it to pull up sharply.
Ride & Handling
The Grancabrio is a big car, and on narrower roads, you’re very aware of it. The ride is comfortably controlled on fast, smooth roads, but at lower speeds, severe lumps and bumps cause shakes to echo through to the cabin. The Sport model’s stiffer suspension makes it feel livelier in bends, but the ride is no worse than the standard car’s. The steering in both versions is sweetly weighted and accurate, making it a joy to steer the car precisely through bends.
The roof itself is beautifully tailored and triple-layered to maximise sound-deadening. It’s tightly stretched across aluminium struts, so even at three-figure speeds it’s absolutely unflappable and generates so little wind noise it’s easy to hold a civilised conversation with all your fellow travellers. What’s more, the roof can be opened and closed in 28 seconds and at speeds up to 19mph. With it folded down, very little wind finds it way into the cabin